Malcolm Gladwell is the author of The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers, talked about the danger of overconfidence at his catalyst session. I found it hard to hear most of his session but there were a few things that stood out for me:
Incompetence irritates me, but overconfidence scares me. Incompetent people rarely have the opportunities to make mistakes that greatly affect things. But overconfident leaders and experts have the dangerous ability to create disaster.
How much disaster could be averted if leader’s didn’t get so overconfident? A scriptural parallel to this might be King Saul, or even King David and his decision to conduct a census of the number of men able to fight in Israel (disobeying God in the process).
In times of crisis we don’t need bold and daring decision making from our leaders we need bold humility!